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Worker's Comp Saison - Two Roads Brewing Company

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66 Reviews
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Reviews: 66
Hads: 413
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 28.24%
Wants: 13
Gots: 101 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Roads Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gambrinus1184 on 12-23-2012

A traditional farmhouse ale made with a very expressive yeast strain that contributes an array of tropical fruit, spice flavors and aromatics. Brewed with a variety of harvest grains including barley, wheat, oats and rye as was likely the case with farmhouse brewers of yore. The result is a complex, refreshing and distinctive example of this esoteric style. Intensely fruity (passion fruit, pineapple, mango, lychee), slightly spicy (clove, white pepper).
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Reviews: 66 | Hads: 413
Photo of SmashAdams
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The smell is typical saison with some yeast, spice, and tart fruit. Taste is much the same. Overall it feels a bit thin but I would expect that with only 4.8 abv. Not bad for a light easy drinker. nb

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Photo of rdilauro
3.24/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is the second Two Roads beer I've tried. For starters I have never been a big fan of Saison/Farmhouse Ales. But I continue to taste so I always have a broader knowledge base when I talk to our customers.

The beer poured clean with a substantial head. The bouquet brought me back to flashbacks of all Farmhouse ale's I've tasted. Spices were definitely present. First sip, yep Farmhouse.

But one thing I noticed over other Farmhouse Ales, I've tasted was a pronounced spice.
No question that it was coriander, very similar to what you will detect in American wheat beers.

I loved cilantro, but not a big fan of coriander.

There was nothing fundamentally wrong with this beer, its just something that when given a choice of different beers, it would not be the top of my list. (nor bottom)

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Photo of nebula1999
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Barley Vine in Bristol, CT.

Slightly hazy yellow beer with thin white head.

Aroma is fruity and spicy. Tropical fruit and a sharp pepper note. Some hops as well.

Taste is again fruity and spicy, dry. Some citrus in there as well. Lacks a firm maltiness that would make this more enjoyable. But still, not a bad saison. I would pass on it again though.

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Photo of i4ourgot
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A few different aromas come out one is a little bit of clove and the other is a little less pleasant, but I can't identify it. The beer is on the clove/ fruity side if the saison range no pepper notes to it. Very light bodied and refreshing especially when cold.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle purchased individually from Whole Foods and poured into a stemmed Spiegelau Pilsner glass. I love Saisons and this is pretty nice, if unspectacular, take on the style. Would drink again, but prefer others in the category.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a: Nice one and a half finger bubbly white head that unfortunately didn't stick around. Nice honey color.

s: Orange and grapefruit, coriander and yeast...a bit of grain. Like rye.

t: Slight sweetness like pineapple, cloves, pepper, wheat, citrusy finish.

mf: Light body and carbonation. Nice and dry.

o: Different from what I consider a saison but I am far from an expert. Either way, it is a nice beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Moderately cloudy with a green hued dirty gold color. Little, large-bubbled head that leaves a minimal number of spots on the glass.

Sufficiently sour to the nose.

Watery body with a lower than expected carbonation level. Starts off rather bland but the swallow draws out the expected flavors--tart and creamy sweet. Short aftertaste. I like this beer but it is rather plebeian for the style--it's kinda a lawnmower Saison.

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Photo of DrJay
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow with slight haze and white collar. Hay and wheat aroma, almost a nutty grain character, slightly spicy. Pleasant flavour, mild bitterness with wheat and grain melding well with spicy and light citrus. Medium/light bodied, moderate carbonation, off dry. Pretty good, easy drinking.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - a hazy honeyesque yellow color, a scant few streams of carbonation keep a ring alive, all thats left from a thin filmy white head

S - spice notes reminiscient of true Belgian Saisons, clove, nutmeg, corainder and such. Lemony citrine notes as well as candied sugar sweetness.

T - This much hops was not evidenced in the aroma. A decent hop profile arises and surprises. Balanced nicely by the aforementioned candied sugar qualities.

M&D&O - a decent sessionable saison style beer, representative of the American Saison. Noticeably lacking the funk a true saison, but a tasty beer in the styles American form nonetheless. A good start to a new CT BreweryA

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Photo of horsehead717
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale, hazy yellow; lots of head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma: Coriander, pineapple, pilsner malt, pepper, very faint barnyard.

Taste: Lemon, pepper; pilsner-like aftertaste, but with more hops.

Mouth-feel: Light; lots of carbonation; slightly dry.

Comments: A nice, refreshing beer for a spring or summer day. I think I'll have another. Oh, it's only 4.8%; I guess I'll have two more.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this on tap at Federal taphouse in Harrisburg served chilled in a tulip.

The color is golden with light haze with rocky pale white head and very fine bead with thick film of lace sticking on the glass. The smell is slightly phenolic with subtle band-aid type odor with light fruit that redeems the medicinal smell. The feel has mild creamy texture with slight sweet entry and medium body with mild spice of yeast and tangy texture with moderately dry finish.

The taste has a tropical yeast with light banana element almost hefeweizen-like with wheat in the flavor and smooth spice with low bitterness and a dry fruity flavor lingering from the yeast which is the main flavor as it finishes dry. Overall it is decent but not a great table saison IMO a bit heavy on wheat and phenolic yeast for me.

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Photo of BMFR1811
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

Appearance: light, almost looks like apple juice. Not much head

Smell- esters, yeast, fruit. Interesting

Taste- phenolic, eatery, bananas, clove, pepper, a slight tartness

Mouthfeel- a little thin, but very carbonated, tickles the mouth and throat

Overall-not bad, fruity, estery, tart, totally can tell there is wheat in it, I don't get the rye at all, tasty, easy to drink,


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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives headless so the clear golden liquid looks more like juice than beer

Smell: Rather fruity and spicy, with lychee, papaya, white pepper and clove tones

Taste: Bready, up front, with the fruits arriving first and the spices coming later; after the swallow, the beer gets very spicy

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with rather low carbonation

Overall: The flavors of this beer were rather good and I really enjoyed the spice character; the mouthfeel was a disappointment but perhaps this was an isolated batch

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, slightly hazed, maize-gold coloring with a steady dose of carbonation throughout the body and a fluffy, light, bright white head that starts around a half an inch and settles into an uneven surface coating. Aromas of toasted grains, floral highlights, coriander, all spice, grains of paradise, hints of bubblegum, and a touch of honey sweetness. Flavors are very roasty/toasty forward, with a very dry feel. Toasted corn, tangy honey sweetness, and a strong spice blend provide a robust flavor profile. The body is light, and slightly effervescent with the carbonation, providing an amplification of the initial dry feel. Slightly astringent, floral and tangy sweet aftertaste, with a touch of resiny characteristics. Dry, slightly sharp finish, with a linger to the spicing. Interesting brew. Very crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle served in a tulip. Bottled 082614 printed on the bottle. Pours a hazy honey blond with a two inch, bright white cap that sizzles and pops and quickly settles into a soapy slick that coalesces around the shoulders. Nose is somewhat reminiscent of a witbier - citrus, clove, coriander and yeast. Taste consistent with nose; however a bit dull and muted. There's also a pleasant lemony presence towards the finish. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a mild, even astringency. Overall, a decent beer but not what I would consider a Saison. A pleasantly drinkable and refreshing summer beer in both character and abv; however, I'd rebrand this as a witbier.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy golden yellow with vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bready, vanilla, spicy, floral, powdery yeast, green apples, and a little citrus.

Taste: Same as above. A little sweeter than most saisons with some bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Spicy, medium to high carbonation, light bodied, a little chewy, and a little crisp.

Overall: A nice saison from the CT boys. This completed the six pack sampler from these guys.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - A light golden color, tons of carbonation, soapy white bubbly head
Smell - barnyard, yeast, lemons, faint hints of fruitiness
Taste - hay, earthy, lemony, spritzy, pears
Feel - light bodied and crisp

Overall - Nothing really stand out'ish but an overall good, crushable saison.

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Photo of Durge
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very pale yellow color with virtually no bubble activity going on, looking almost like a urine sample. The white head quickly dissipates to just a flimsy few scraps floating around on top and minimal lacing. The nose picks up a pilsner-esque wheat/cereal grain with a skunky oak edge. The flavor delivers a relatively light cereal grain, skunky bread, almond and light lemon-rice. It's a solid theme that goes down easily. The body is medium-light and the feel is effervescent and very refreshing. Though the looks are pedestrian at best, the flavor and feel makes this an easily recommended lawn mower choice with personality.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle picked up locally and enjoyed from a two roads snifter.
Bottle on 2/28

a - brew pours a transparent straw yellow with a thin fizzy head that fizzed away quickly.

s - nose is fairly classic to style. Grassy bubble gum.

t - taste follows suit and is a bit earthy to me at first but as I sip I get more of the bubblegum and sweetness. The flavor seems to toggle back and forth between these two experiences. Some soft white pepper or clove type notes round things out.

m - easy drinker a bit dry.

o - overall a very to style saison, that being said, not all that memorable. Not bad, not great. Good.

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Photo of GFM
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Pours a hazy pale yellow. Ephemeral thin head and virtually no lacing. Fruity, yeasty scent. Crisp carbonated feel. Initial fruit flavor (a little like pear to me) yields to clove aftertaste. This seems like a well-executed example of the style but with nothing to make it exceptional. That being said, in the interest of full disclosure, saison is not my style of choice and I sampled this a little out of season. (7.5)

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Photo of Sam21
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into tulip. No bottle date.

A- Clear golden body with a creamy white head. Retention is okay with some lacing.

S- Simple, yet appetizing. Subtle fleshy pineapple and mango mix with light citrus fruits, Belgian yeast bubblegum, and spice. The rye is noticeable, adding a subtle tone to the back.

T- Light pineapple, mango, and orange begin. The transition into the finish is clean, sweet, and features a wonderful balance of spice. The flavor profile is nicely structured, simple, and balanced. I can only imagine that this is what a saison is meant to be, in a more traditional sense.

MF- Medium-bodied, creamy, and smooth. The oats definitely show their face in the mouthfeel adding a wonderfully appealing round body.

O- This is a great saison for what it is. This is a drinkable, approachable, and balanced beer. It features all of the classic characteristics of a saison with the drinkability that is often lost on ABV. I really enjoyed this beer and feel that Two Roads really hit their mark.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Workers comp

A - hazy pale straw yellow. Tightly packed pearly white head of foam.

S - the nose is bright and fruity. Tart green apple, pears and juicy orange pulp. Hints of bananas as well. Faint notes of green herbs, black peppercorns on a base of crispy cereal.

T - dry, earthy and grainy on the tip of the tongue. Racy acidity lights up the palate. The juicy center reveals lively fruit esters found on the nose. Granny smith apples and prickly pears with a soft underlying citrus bitterness. Finish is soft and dry while the balancing bitterness lingers.

M - lighter side of medium body. Rounded and creamy feel. Tight bubbles from a medium carbonation.

O - an impressive beer from two roads. A very flavorful beer at a low abv. I will be looking for more by this brewery for sure.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tall pilsner glass: head is huge!, but dissipates to a mere 2 inches, mixed bubble size, some lacing; color is copper, opaque and fuzzy.

Smell is dry, earthy, maybe even metallic or some light horse blanket aromas.

Taste is different than the aroma leads to believe, cleaner less funkiness, nice rye/wheat/oat presence, good phenols/esters from the yeast, but not extreme. Very pleasant and drinkable flavors.

Mouthfeel is very good, a fuller presence and less dry than most saisons but not sweet like poorly fermented versions.

Overall, a very good tasting, interesting smelling saison with a unique and full finish.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip. Pours a golden clear with about 2 fingers of head. Nice bunky belgian farm aroma, slightly fruity. Nice and dry finish. Overall, a nice drinkable saison. Easy and mild. A tad thin and generic, but a nice intro to farmhouse.

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Photo of Boto
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draught: This one pours a hazy straw yellow color. There was about a finger of a foamy head that lingered awhile and left some good lacing. The nose is good: mainly peppery and some spices (clove?) with some wheat. Also notes of some faint fruits. The taste is pretty good. Fairly typical of decent saison. Wheat, some fruits, grassy, no real sweetness, spices. Definitely worth having another one.

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Worker's Comp Saison from Two Roads Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.